Ducati 848, Factory Pro, 800 869 0497, Marc Salvisberg

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Ducati Supersport 800

The 848 is AWESOME!

And people travel hundreds of miles to take advantage of our Ducati tuning services.

FUEL INJECTION: Magneti Marelli electronic fuel injection, oval throttle bodies.

Wheelsmith (Factory Pro’s RD section) has a lot of experience tuning Ducatis. Almost 30 years.

Starting in the old days of chip tuning – Factory Pro developed 748r and 996 SPS specific chips that worked well at both full throttle / 3000 rpm and also part throttle / high rpm all without disconnecting injectors. Even Ducati couldn’t fix them.

But Factory Pro solved the puzzles.

In the new bikes, Factory Pro assisted Tuneboy in testing initial software and hardware for reflashing the stock ECU. Some Tuneboy apps work well.

Currently on the non DTC 848, the most common method of tuning and my suggestion, is with a Microtec replacement ecu. The Microtecs come with maps that probably worked well on the bike they were developed on, but isn’t likely to be perfect for any another bike – but at least it will run.

A custom tuned Microtec equipped 848 is silky smooth and with tweaks to the mapping that makes initial throttle application much smoother and then pull harder than the supplied, generic Microtec mapping. It’s simply not possible to expect that every 848 wants the same mapping.

Why Wheelsmith / Factory Pro Tuning?

A lot of dyno facilities just use a $50 wideband O2 sensor and tune to some Air Fuel Ratio (you can blame dynojet for that) – but a few dyno facilities will actually test different throttle positions and rpms for Best Power and factor that with Engine Smoothness for optimal fuel and ignition settings. A smooth, strong running engine with excellent throttle lead-in are the primary goals and result.

Factory Pro uses the EC997 dyno and either a 4 gas or 5 gas analyzer. The EC997 easily reads both Realtime HP and torque and all the gas readings. Fuel and ignition are modified at each point and based on the multiple gas values, fuel and ignition are changed to empirically derive Best Power mapping.

It’s a far superior method than tuning the engine to some AFR and calling it a day.

Is it superior the tuning to an AFR? Well, yes – Factory Pro was the unbiased choice of privateer AMA teams and the choice of Vesrah racing and Michael (untill cxvvMotorsports.

If you want tuning beyond dealership level AFR tuning, give us a call 415 472 4962, 9-5, (San Francisco time), M-F or email marc@factorypro.com

To keep the suspense down, a Microtec ecu is about $1000 and tuning is $775. Takes about an hour to install and 3 to 5 hours to tune.

In comparison, a pc3 or pc5 is about $380 and tuning (fuel only) is $375 – but you can’t get anything like the power and drivability results attained with a custom tuned Microtec by Factory Pro.

Ducati Supersport 800
Ducati Supersport 800

To keep all that smooth power going to the tire, don’t neglect the Pro Shift Kit (below)


Wi th Microtec as compared with the map that the Microtec dealer provided

From: Jason Pham

Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 03:45 PM

To: ‘Factory Pro Tuning’

Subject: Your tuning feedback

Hi Marc,

Hope all is well with you. I had a chance finally this past weekend to take the bike for a real ride through some of the hills down here.

By the way, I’m loving the Microtec and your (EC997 dyno) tuning. I get the power of my Race ECU and then some, minus the stalling issues. It can idle all day until the gas runs out.

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